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Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14 | [Jim Butcher]

Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden lives!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness.

After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Guess which one Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own… his soul.

©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Crystal TEMPE, AZ, United States 12-09-12
    Crystal TEMPE, AZ, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2008

    Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.

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    "Wow, I Didn't See THAT Coming!"

    Dresden fans- you were wondering how on earth Harry would manage being his new job and still retain his humanity? Zap. Wow. Pow. In classic bumbling Harry style, it's not what you expect and takes 10 turns along the way. Comic moments break up the harder times and I did find myself laughing at some truly silly imagery.

    Highest praise always goes to James Marsters for his incredible characterizations- the ones I will always hear in my head now.

    Truly this novel doesn't stop for a minute. Action packed, twisting and the classic, "Why ME??" moments. Several background characters move to the front in this novel answering questions (well somewhat) that have been hanging around for 13 novels.

    I have nothing but positive things to say about this novel. I lived and breathed it all my waking hours until I finished it.

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    Tracey Hoover 12-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Harry is BACK!"
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    Perhaps the best in this series. This is one of the best written characters in this genre.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden, of course. James Marsters rocks Harry. They should have used him in the tv series- it would probably still be on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to a lot of second (and third) rate stuff it was wonderful to have a first rate experience again.

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    Roland 12-08-12
    Roland 12-08-12
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    "The Best all the Dresden books to date."
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    It puts all the past books to work in a way that can only keep you ready to eat every word,


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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 12-08-12
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dresden and Marsters are back!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The series is a wonderful blend of humor and humanity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    Can't say as it would spoil the plot, but there's a scene at the end between two characters that will break your heart a little.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wow. His everyman, smartass take on Dresden. The world-weary strength of Murphy. The unsureness on Molly. The emotion he brings to the big scenes. He's simply the perfect narrator for the series. No slight to John Glover, but Glover's Dresden feels more like Butters - the whole character becomes older, less wisecracking and more clinical. Marsters brings the characters and the scenes to life. All readers read differently, but I know I'd have missed a lot of the emotional nuances of many scenes had I read the book. Marsters brings it to life. I don't know of a better compliment to pay James Marsters other than to say that he's no longer Spike from Buffy to me. He's Harry Dresden.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See the memorable moment. Plus the entire Wild Hunt scene, where Harry fights a rather unexpected tubby guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant writing by Jim Butcher, who manages to take a wholly supernatural premise and make it as down to earth as the city he obviously loves, Chicago.

    Just to be fair, I'll say this - I thought this book dragged in places. I'm not sure there was much to be done, though. When you kill the main character and go through an extended goodbye like Ghost Story, and then you bring him back again, with a major change to his character (hello caveman Winter Knight), you gonna have some splainin to do.

    I'm looking forward to the remaining books in the series, though I dread the eventual end. I also cannot urge Penguin Audio enough - sign Marsters up for the remainder of the series. He's too good to let go.

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    CINDY 12-08-12
    CINDY 12-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A STORM IS BREWING..."

    Aaaahh...where do I begin? It is early on a Saturday morning and could not wait to write this review (and I generally speaking I don't write many reviews). Jim Butcher creates believable characters (yes, I honestly like to believe that Harry, Karen, Molly, Mac, Thomas, Butters, Mab, Fix could exist), and weaves stories that take you on a ride that you never want to have to get off!

    Harry Dresden is alive and just finished his conditioning/training as the Winter Knight. Mab gives Harry his first assignment...to kill her daughter! Though Maeve is a sick, evil, twisted being and probably deserves to die, Harry being Harry he questions authority! Before he will carry out that order he seeks to learn the truth. By fate or coincidence, Harry winds up with his old friends: Karen, Thomas, Andy, Molly, Butters, Bob, Toot-Toot, Mouse. Together they take one on a wild ride of battles between good and evil, with surprising new characters that you wouldn't imagine! I don't want to share too much because it would really take away from how this story unfolds. The story peaks to an ending that leaves you holding your breath...and then Jim Butcher leaves the door cracked open just enough for you to ask, "What will the next story bring?"

    I love this series, and love the easy rhythm of Jim Butcher's writing...and, yet, I don't know if I could enjoy this audible story if someone other than James Marsters read it to me. I keep asking myself, is James Marsters Harry Dresden, or is Harry Dresden James Marsters?

    Get on board the boat, and hold on tight...it's going to be a fantastic journey!

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    Kathryn 12-08-12
    Kathryn 12-08-12
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    "Harry and friends are back!"
    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Marsters performs the story, the pauses, voice inflection, makes Harry and the story come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    It is great to have Harry back. I didn't realize how much I missed Harry and James Marsters performance until I started listening to this book. It was like meeting old friends again and yet there were many unexpecte twists. I can't wait for the next book.

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    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 12-07-12
    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Just a guy that likes a good story.

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    "Infriga!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Marsters is back hell yeah!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Molly, because she is always awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry was at the Winter Ball and killed the Nobles. Hands down, so awesome


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Infriga!!


    Any additional comments?

    Butcher is a genius story teller! With Marsters readin/acting it is a match made in heaven. I cannot recommend this series enough!

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    Msantiago Massachusetts 12-07-12
    Msantiago Massachusetts 12-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Go Pats!

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    "James Marsters IS Dresden. Butcher is on Fire."
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my absolute favorites. Dresden is awesome, fun and serious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Marsters reading. Wish he read more stuff.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Early in the book "vagazill"

    but it all was great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    hell froze over


    Any additional comments?

    nope... just read or listen... or BOTH!

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    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 12-07-12
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "lots of surprise"

    First and foremost it is important to note that Jim Marsters is back. All readers should be grateful to the girls at Buzzy Multimedia for the initial pairing of writer and narrator. Jim Butcher reads well in print but Marsters make good into magic.

    The forethought, just plain good planning, is as much a surprise and satisfaction as the actual plot in this book. The intricate weaving and revelations read like an author's sweetness to loyal readers. One feels cared about and gifted with an author's personal interest in how readers share his skill. Well, I like his showy intelligence and the poetry of his weaving through his own work to tag my memory and interest was fun to understand. This book will change all kinds of relationships and is probably essential reading for the books that follow. It is a good story on its own but there is no reason to think readers would choose just one Jim Butcher story, especially when Jim Marsters reads it to us. This book makes the 4th book essential reading or rereading. That book was so much fun that it was my favorite. There is so much maturity as a writer and storyteller in this book that I would be hard pressed to choose. I do not have to choose. I have them both and I highly recommend the experience to others.

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    Charles Easley, SC, United States 12-06-12
    Charles Easley, SC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Back from Shot Dead and Still All-In to Save Us"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Harry can't help being heroic and the 14th tale has him caught in character-ripping internal conflicts at the same time he has to fight external horrors without even a shield bracelet and blasting rod. Well that's what you get for sucking up to Maab and beating up Santa.
    James Marster's narration needs a new word between compelling and propelling...whatever you call it, it's a 5-star E-ticket ride.
    Best part was the team of Murphy & Harry attacking the Barge on Lake Michigan on the Tiger HarleyDavidson: that I want to see in the movie. Serious amounts of Mexican Wobble-weed must have gone into structuring that battle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toot-toot was bad to the bone and I wish we had gotten Molly more centrally involved..


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Yarn beautifully spun. Skill of the performance added drama and suspense w/o distraction.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hated that Harry and Murphy stayed 'friends' but the real heros never get the girl, especially if they're from Chicago.


    Any additional comments?

    The long time waited while this was being crafted justified the wait. Bravo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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